Veronica chamaedrys germander speedwell Scrophulariaceae VECH*; Bx, pb; NY; K; R;


Veronica (Accessed 5/2014).

Veronica chamaedrys is a perennial herb from rhizomes, stems hairy, prostrate or ascending, to 30 cm long. 

Leaves all opposite, to 3 cm long, 2 cm wide, egg-shaped, tip blunt, base broad, stalkless, margin coarsely blunt-toothed. 

Flowers blue to 1.2 cm wide, 4-parted, slightly irregular; inflorescence stems unbranched (racemes), in leaf axils, with 10-20 flowers, solitary in axils of small alternate bracts, blooms May-June. 

Fruit dry, flattened, heart-shaped, 2-parted capsule 0.3 cm wide (apparently rarely produced). 

Wetland status: UPL. 

Frequency in NYC: Infrequent. 

Origin: Europe. 

Habitat: Lawns, open areas, edges.